UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 380, Issue date, 10-12-09
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Scotland’s Biggest UFO Incident to Hit the Big Screen
Published: 4:45 PM 10/6/2009
Scotland’s biggest UFO incident is being made into a film, depicting the story of two men who claim they were abducted from their car on the A70 road in West Lothian in 1992.
Scotland has always been a hotspot for UFO and alien-based activity and now London-based DRB Entertainment is hoping to re-tell the story of Garry Wood and Colin Wright, who claim they were abducted while driving to the village of Tarbrax.
Their intended 30 minute journey took an unexpected turn when a disc shaped object hovered above the road in front of them as they drove along the quiet road at 8 pm.
In fear, Garry attempted to speed away under the object but as they passed underneath, light from the supposed craft covered the car. Next, they were in total darkness and their next memories were of the car veering all over the road, before Garry brought it under control again.
Gradually, they began to remember snippets of the night, from recalling small creatures surrounding them on the road to being carried on a floating stretcher and operated upon.
“I’m ever so pleased that is going to happen, for the Scottish public to realise they have their own recognisable phenomena in their own backyard.” says paranormal investigator Malcolm Robinson. “We may laugh and joke about this subject, but there is something very, very real and very mysterious ongoing in the skies.”
The A70 incident was a pivotal moment for Malcolm who's new book UFO Case Files of Scotland gives investigative information on various sightings across Scotland.
Previously a sceptic of UFOs and alien activity, Malcolm firmly became a believer after hearing from Garry and Colin about their experiences.
“I was an ardent sceptic,” says Malcolm. “I really didn’t really think there was any validity to these tales of machines flying about the Scottish skies.
“But it is like anything else in life, once you physically get involved in investigating these subjects, then you come off the fence. I found that after a few years of investigation, there’s enough substantial data to validate the people that have been saying these things.”
Malcolm also discusses two other UFO incidents in Scotland, showing pictures of the underside of an unidentified object in Grangemouth in 1991 and at Craigluscar Reservoir in 1994.
Although paranormal activity is heard of across the world, Scotland seems to have a high level of reports of such occurrences, as Malcolm attempts to explain.
“It’s a global phenomenon. They have been sighted all over the world for sure, but Scotland as a nation has been touched by the UFO presence quite substantially.
“These have been investigated and I have checked with the police, the airports, the Met Office and the Ministry of Defence to try and find out if there are any rational explanations to account for these sightings.”
Despite the high number of sightings over the years, mentions of Bonnybridge, Polmont and the A70 incident are almost always met with a wall of scepticism, with many laughing off claims that there could be an extra-terrestrial existence in our universe who want to visit Earth.
Malcolm happily concedes that the vast majority of cases are explainable, but says that there are still a small number that remain mysterious and need to be investigated.
“A vast majority can be explained as Chinese lanterns of our own aircraft viewed in the sky at an unusual angle where the light shines off the fuselage, or birds in flight,” he concedes.
“But it could be that some of these sightings are our own black-budget technology. Stealth aircraft flew in America for 10 years before the military machine put their hands up and said it was theirs. That gave rise to a lot of false UFO reports.
“Nine times out of ten you can explain these sightings. As much as 95% of all UFO reports can easily be explained away. It’s that 5% that is so puzzling to myself and my colleagues all over the world. You have got to try and keep an open mind.”
See the complete details of the 1992 abduction case at The A-70 Abduction.
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UFO Hunting not for the Faint of Heart, Light of Pocket
Published: 1:36 AM 10/9/2009
By Adam Lukach -Weekend
If you’ve ever had an insatiable curiosity for UFOs , there may be a career choice for you yet.
While The History Channel recently canceled “UFO Hunters,” the profession itself still exists. However, it is not an easy one.
“The idea of a professional UFO hunter is an odd one, since ‘ufology’ is an amateur pursuit without academic or professional credentials,” said Thomas E. Bullard, who has a Ph.D. from IU in folklore and continues to study abduction phenomena.
“The field does have many followers, and at its best, operates as a true meritocracy, since those people who have skill, ambition and ability rise to the top as recognized authorities.”
But since there are few official credentials granted to people within the profession, it is particularly susceptible to fraud, Bullard said. Often there are people who claim to have made discoveries with little or no investigation and who are later exposed.
Unfortunately, this adds to the profession’s perceived illegitimacy, Bullard said.
“The disproportion of bad investigations to good, or talk and speculation without any investigation at all, handicaps ufology as a meaningful inquiry into a potentially interesting phenomenon,” Bullard said.
The closest a person can get to formal education in the study of UFOs is to enter the field investigator training program sponsored by the Mutual UFO Network, known as MUFON.
Participants are trained by a certified field investigator in the ways of interviewing and case investigation. At the conclusion of the training, a test is administered, and if passed, that participant then becomes a certified investigator as well.
The idea behind training is to create a nationwide network of field investigators, so when a potential alien phenomenon does occur, there can be someone nearby to conduct appropriate research to help determine whether or not it is truly alien.
The system is a good idea, but it rarely works as effectively as one may think, Bullard said.
Being a volunteer group, many people can’t simply step aside from their lives to conduct an extraterrestrial investigation, so the majority of cases are hurriedly examined or are not investigated, Bullard said.
There are other efforts to raise awareness and help protect alien investigations. Aliensandchildren.org is a Public Service Announcement Web site founded by Michael Menkin, who formerly wrote tech briefs for NASA.
His Web site helps inform people about the possible danger aliens pose to children and also features a link to his other site that teaches people how to make telepathically protective helmets.
There is little money to be made, however, from this kind of career path.
“Most investigations are done, if they are done, on the time and money of the person motivated to investigate,” Bullard said. “With a few exceptions, then, making money from UFO chasing comes down to selling something – books, stories to TV documentaries and the like.”
Difficult though it may be, UFO hunting and investigating still maintains a strong following and level of interest. Thanks to inherent human curiosity, it is certain that investigation into the uncertain will be around for a long time to come.
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Reader Recalls 1973 Encounter with a Saucer UFO in Tennessee
Published: 12:27 PM 10/5/2009
Tennessee - Fall, 1973
In the fall of 1973, I was traveling down Hwy 99 W. towards Eagleville from Murfreesboro, TN. I was about a mile from the Stones River bridge, when I noticed a large, saucer type UFO with 3 portholes visible on the side I was looking at.
It was moving very slowly above the power lines, and traveling in the same straight line that I was, west. It was traveling inside a "greenish cloud" that pulsated like a heart beat.
It stayed beside my vehicle for about 3 miles and then at Brown's curve, turned up on the side and within a blink of an eye, it was gone! I rushed home and called a friend who saw the exact same described UFO from Nolensville Road, which meant It was HUGE.
We called in and told our local law enforcement and radio station. A lot of UFO activity had been seen in various states at this particular time. In a short period of time, we saw a few helicopters in that general area. I had two witnesses who saw this same incident!
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Michigan Man Watches Triangle for an Hour
Published: 2:22 AM 10/7/2009
My dad is 82 and this is what he told me just recently. He seemed excited, and this was his first ever sighting. In late September or early October of 2009, he saw an object. He can give you better details if contacted.
He was not going to call or write, but I told him that I would. At about 9:30 AM, he was sitting in the living room of his condo and saw odd lights through the skylight.
It was a fairly sunny morning and he wondered what this could be. It was not a reflection through skylight. He watched the lights and decided to get out binoculars. Looking up, he saw a triangular shaped object, tilted at an angle, with lights at the corners. They were very bright.
The object appeared to be gray in color, and it remained in the sky above his home for approximately 1 hour. He told me that it was cloud level, fairly high up, but he could definatley see the object pretty well. He watched on and off over the hour and eventually it was gone.
He said it wasn't a plane, blimp, or anything else he'd ever seen. Too high for most smaller, known aircraft. No vapor trail or movement, just stayed in one place.
He made a drawing of this. He is pretty level headed and a smart man. He seemed kind of excited for seeing this. I looked on internet and asked around, but nobody else seems to have seen this that day.
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The Portage County, Ohio, UFO Chase
<---- Image : Deputy Spauer's Drawing
One of the most dramatic encounters by police officers with an apparently structured, low-level UFO occurred in the early morning of April 17, 1966. Officers of the Portage County, Ohio, Sheriff's Department first saw the object rise up from near ground level, bathing them in light, near Ravenna, Ohio, about 5:00 AM.
Ordered by the sergeant to pursue the object, they chased it for eighty-five miles across the border into Pennsylvania, as it seemed to play a cat-and-mouse game with them. Along the route, police officers from other jurisdictions saw the object and joined in the chase.
Deputy Sheriff Dale Spaur and Mounted Deputy Wilbur 'Barney’ Neff had left their scout car to investigate an apparently abandoned automobile on Route 224. Spaur described the sighting in these words:
“I always look behind me so no one can come up behind me. And when I looked in this wooded area behind us, I saw this thing. At this time it was coming up... to about tree top level. I'd say about one hundred feet. It started moving toward us...
As it came over the trees, I looked at Barney and he was still watching the car... and he didn't say nothing and the thing kept getting brighter and the area started to get light... I told him to look over his shoulder, and he did.
"He just stood there with his mouth open for a minute, as bright as it was, and he looked down. And I started looking down and I looked at my hands and my clothes weren't burning or anything, when it stopped right over on top of us.
The only thing, the only sound in the whole area was a hum... like a transformer being loaded or an overloaded transformer when it changes...
"I was petrified, and, uh, so I moved my right foot, and everything seemed to work all right. And evidently he made the same decision I did, to get something between me and it, or us and it, or whatever you would say. So we both went for the car, we got in the car and we sat there..."
As they watched, the UFO moved toward the east, and then stopped again. Spaur picked up the microphone and reported to the dispatcher. At this time, the object was about 250 feet away, brilliantly lighting up the area ("It was very bright; it'd make your eyes water," Spaur said.)
Sergeant Schoenfelt, off duty at the station, told them to follow it and keep it under observation while they tried to get a photo unit to the scene.
Spear and Neff turned south on Route 183, then back east on Route 224, which placed the object to their right, and out the left window.
“At this time, said Spaur, "it came straight south, just one motion, buddy, just a smooth glide... and began moving east with them pacing it, just to their right at an estimated altitude of 300-500 feet, illuminating the ground beneath it. Once more the UFO darted to the north, now left of the car, and they sped up to over 100 mph to keep pace with it."
As the sky became brighter with predawn light, Spaur and Neff saw the UFO in silhouette, with a vertical projection at its rear. The object began to take on a metallic appearance as the chase continued.
Spaur kept up a running conversation with other police cars that were trying to catch up with them. Once when they made a wrong turn at an intersection, the object stopped, then turned and came back to their position.
Police Officer Wayne Huston of East Palestine, Ohio, situated near the Pennsylvania border, had been monitoring the radio broadcasts, and was parked at an intersection he knew the Portage County officers would he passing soon.
Shortly afterward, he saw the UFO pass by with the sheriff's cruiser in hot pursuit.
He swung out and joined the chase. At Conway, Pennsylvania, Spaur spotted another parked police car and stopped to enlist his aid, since their cruiser was almost out of gas. The Pennsylvania officer called his dispatcher.
According to Spaur, as the four officers stood and watched the UFO, which had stopped and was hovering, there was traffic on the radio about jets being scrambled to chase the UFO, and "... we could see these planes coming in.
When they started talking about fighter planes, it was just as if that thing heard every word that was said. It went PSSSSSHHEW, straight up, and I mean when it went up, friend, it didn't play no games, it went straight up.” (Transcript of taped interview with Dale Spaur).
The Air Force "identified" the UFO as a satellite, seen part of the time, and confused with the planet Venus. Under pressure from Ohio officials, Major Hector Quintanilla, chief of PROJECT BLUE BOOK, had an acrimonious confrontation with witnesses and refused to change the identification, although it was pointed out to him that they had seen the UFO in addition to Venus, and the moon at the conclusion of the observation. Major Quintanilla also denied that any jets had been scrambled.
William B. Weitzel conducted an exhaustive investigation on behalf of the NATIONAL INVESTIGATIONS COMMITTEE ON AERIAL PHENOMENA (NICAP), obtaining taped interviews, signed statements, sketches, and all pertinent data which was assembled into a massive report that was made available to congressional investigators.
When the UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO UFO PROJECT was initiated in 1966, a copy of Weitzel’s report was hand-delivered to the director, Dr. Edward U. CONDON, for his consideration. The CONDON REPORT, published two years later, does not mention the case.
(last update, 10-09-09)
Oklahoma - Jelly-Bean Shaped Object
09-26-09 - Just before 3 AM, I looked out the window to check for skunks that had been bothering our house. I looked up into the sky just above the roof line of neighboring house, (but in the distance maybe a mile to the north/northest) and saw a jelly bean shaped object that was flat on the bottom.
It was glowing pure white, but no haze around it like from car lights or street lights. It sat there a few seconds and then zipped straight east as if being pulled along the edge of a ruler. Never saw anything move like that.
It had no lights except that internal glowing of the whole object. I moved quickly to the next window to the east in my house (5 feet away), but by then it had disappeared. It was not a car, as I observed for quite some time on several occasions to compare what I saw to car lights. Definitely different.
When I first saw it, I thought it was a UFO. I told my husband about it. Later, we were watching a UFO show and one was featured that looked exactly like what I saw. It was NOT an airplane, no blinking lights.
Tennessee - Skinny Object
10-01-09 - I was outside taking my dog for a walk, and noticed some crows circling around. I thought that was odd, because I rarely see them so close, but while I was looking up at them, I noticed this long and skinny looking object flying.
First, I thought it was an airplane, as the sun was fairly bright and I couldn't see too well, but I listened and did not hear anything. So I stared at it until I could see it better, and saw there were no wings or flashing lights as a plane would have.
From where I could see, the whole side of it looked "flat", or at least there were no obvious bumps to cast shadows... it looked white on the side, from where the sun was shining on it.
I thought maybe it was a blimp, but it moved too fast to be that, so, I'm not really sure what it was... I wanted to run inside and grab my camera, but I didn't think I would have time before it dissapeared.
The object was flying in a straight path, it didn't seem to waver up or down. I lost sight of it when it flew out of my view. I've often seen black military helicopters flying in the same direction. There are no military bases around here, but we are located between two major cities.
I've never seen anything such as this, and thought I should report it. It would be nice to know if someone else spotted the same thing.
Virginia - Stationary Objects
09-29-09 -Observed several objects in sky, initially stationery, with multi-colored lights rotating across each sphere in several different areas of sky. After 15-20 minutes of observing objects, they began to move about the sky. One moved in rapid zig-zag patterns horizontally and then became stationery again for another 20 minutes or so.
The others began to move in lateral lines, but far too rapidly to be a terrestrial vehicle. There was no sound connected with movement or stationery periods. The ones which moved in straight lines would stop after moving across ~15 degrees of the sky and remain stationery for up to 10 minutes before moving again. This pattern repeated for just over an hour, when the objects dropped below the horizon to the north and east.
Great Britain - Gorleston UFO Sightings
05 October 2009 - A GROUP of UFOs were spotted hovering silently in the sky above Gorleston beach last night.
Bradwell couple Melvin and Heather Edwards saw a sequence of five white lights appear at around 8 pm.
The mysterious objects faded and then returned to view for up to eight minutes before vanishing completely.
Heather said: “We had been fishing on the beach since about 5.30pm, when we saw a bright light in the sky and then more appeared. “Four of the lights were in a diamond shape with another slightly to one side.”
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